Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is making good on a pledge from its founder after the theater chain's recent bankruptcy filing and months of temporary closure.
Alamo Drafthouse Springfield is set to return April 28, according to a news release. The 4005 South Ave. theater has periodically shut down operations during the coronavirus pandemic. It briefly reopened in August 2020 for two months.
The fate of the theater came into question last month when Austin, Texas-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. At the time, Alamo founder and Executive Chairperson Tim League told Springfield Business Journal the local theater would not remain closed.
Alamo Drafthouse Springfield owner Springboard Ventures LLC made it official in the release this morning. The reopening first was teased in a Facebook post yesterday with an image and quote from "2001: A Space Odyssey," which serves as the theme of the Springfield attraction.
“We have missed the Springfield community tremendously," said Marc Evans, Springboard Ventures managing partner, in the release. "The safety of our guests remains our first priority, as well as giving them the most enjoyable experience possible upon their return."
Guests will be asked to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing and wear face masks when not eating or drinking. The release also said ticket purchases automatically will include two buffer seats around each party.
New films on the docket in the coming weeks include "A Quiet Place Part II" and "Cruella," according to the release. The theater also is known for screenings of older films, with "Dazed and Confused" and "Hotel Transylvania" to be shown in the near future.
Alamo Drafthouse opened at the former Campbell 16 Cine property in 2017. In the bankruptcy filing last month, the Texas-based chain of more than 20 theaters listed estimated assets and liabilities each in the range of $100 million to $500 million.
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